Food Safety on Commercial Vessels – Part II

Food Safety SupervisorCommercial boats, including charter vessels and passenger services, that sell or handle food which will then be sold need to consider – the management of food at the time of purchase, how it will be transported to the vessel, and how it will be stored. Food Safety Supervisors must ensure that food is safe for customers and staff.

Purchasing food

When purchasing food that you will be preparing aboard, before you accept it, you must ensure that it is in good condition and at the correct temperature; and if packaged – fully enclosed and labelled.

Food must be transported safely, under temperature control and protected from contamination. If you have food delivered, you should ensure that the person transporting the food also follows these rules

Transporting food

There are three main food safety rules you should follow when transporting food:

  • Keep the food in sealed containers protected from contamination (keep the vehicle clean, no animals in transport, etc.)

  • Keep the food colder than 5°C; or

  • Keep the food hotter than 60°C

Protecting food from contamination

When transporting food, it is important to protect it from contamination by keeping it covered at all times.

Materials used to cover food should be suitable for food contact to ensure they do not contain any chemicals that could get into the food. Aluminium foil, plastic film and clean paper may be used, but food should be completely covered. Previously used materials and newspaper may contaminate food, so these materials should not be used in direct contact with any food.

It is the responsibility of the food business to ensure that all food stored and prepared on the vessel is free from contamination.